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2009 District Annual Meeting


May 1-2, 2009
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Jersey City NJ


Turning Outward . . . Acting on Faith
 
 
Keynote Address: The Rev. Meg Riley
 
The Rev. Meg A. Riley was raised Unitarian Universalist in Charleston WV and Akron OH. She received her call to the ministry while caring for abused children in a residential facility. She attended United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, graduating with a Masters of Religious Studies in 1987. During and after seminary, she worked in three congregations as Director of Religious Education. In 1989, Riley joined the UUA staff in Boston as Youth Programs Director. She has also served the UUA as Director of Lesbian, Bisexual Gay Concerns (1991-1994) and Director of the Washington Office (1994-2001) before assuming her current position as Director of Advocacy and Witness Programs in 2001. Currently, Riley is president of Faith in Public Life: A Resource Center for Justice and the Common Good. She has also served on the boards of the Interfaith Alliance, Equal Partners in Faith, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Interfaith Workers for Justice, and on the steering committees of dozens of national coalitions. In 2004, Riley was thrilled to return home to the prairie, from where she now telecommutes to work. She lives with her partner of 19 years, visual artist Kendrick Wronski, and their 12-year-old daughter. Riley is an avid gardener and increasingly interested in the intersections between poverty, justice, and gardening.  


The Rev. Meg Riley, UUA Director of Advocacy and Witness Programs, will deliver the keynote address, “A People So Bold: Theologies of Justice,” on Saturday morning.
 
And on Friday Night: Exit 43
 
Four talented members of the Unitarian Church in Westport (CT), Exit 43 combines original folk-rock, gospel, and spiritual songs with three-part harmonies to create music that “promotes awareness and conscious participation in making our world a better place for all to live. We hope that these songs will inspire you to a life of more hope, authenticity, connection and love.” Scarlett Lee Moore was twice voted Fairfield County Connecticut’s Best Blues Performer. Andy “A.J.” Gundell has won 11 Emmy awards for his successes in television as a songwriter, singer, composer, and music supervisor. Ed Thompson is Minister of Music at the Unitarian Church in Westport, directing nine choirs, and has appeared three times in Carnegie Hall. Suzanne M. Sheridan is a past winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.  


Exit 43 will be the featured guests on Friday night. From left: Scarlett Lee Moore, Andy “A.J.” Gundell, Ed Thompson, and Suzanne M. Sheridan
 

Guided by our living faith, the Unitarian Universalist District of Metropolitan New York exists to be a source of connection and transformation for our congregations and our larger world.